HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Brian Butko

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1. Which of your characters is your favorite?

2. Tell me about your travels.
We only took short trips when I was young, but for some reason, I thought that when I grew up, that’s what I’d get to do all the time. When I did grow up (well, got older), I was disillusioned, so I think writing about travel is my way of attaining that lost dream.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Coffee with cream.

4. What else can you do besides write?
5. Who are you reading right now?

6. Pop culture or academia?
That’s a tough one – I edit an academic mag but try to give it broad appeal through good storytelling. Same with my writing, I want it to be a good resource but also want it to be enjoyable. Not an easy mix, and one that I learn more about every day.

7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?

9. Food you could eat everyday.
Macaroni & cheese. Friends laugh that no matter what I have, it’s some form of that.

10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?

11. What kind of music speaks to you?
All kinds, though I probably know more about popular music from the 1960s-80s. I especially love how music quickly changed in the late 60s, much like car styles did in the late 50s.

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
13. Celebrity crush.

14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
The three biggest influences are pretty common books: The Killer Angels for making the reader feel they are there; Centennial for characters being more than caricatures; and The Great Gatsby for its beautiful language. In non-fiction, I love artist John Baeder’s Gas, Food, and Lodging. And I like time travel stories!

15. Do you still watch cartoons?


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